Most candidates are unaware that it is mandatory to have a valid Forklift Certification
in order to obtain employment as a Forklift Operator. It is also important to note
that an “in-house” certification is only valid and acceptable to be used at the
employer’s company where the in-house certification was obtained (It is Not Transferrable).
If you are seeking employment as a Forklift Operator, ensure that you attend an
approved Forklift Training School for training and certification. A valid certification
is required to operate any of the following equipment:- Counterbalance/Dockstocker,
Raymond Reach, Order Picker/Cherry Picker/High Lift Order Selector and Pallet Rider/Walkie.
Based on our experience, employers often request that the employee has a combination
of certification – Counterbalance, Raymond Reach and the Pallet Rider. It is also
important to be aware of the fact that most employers require you to demonstrate
your competence in operating the equipment by passing their in-house safety test,
both theory and practical, before assigning you to any forklift duties. Having at
least six months working experience will be an asset and if you do not have the
work experience, ensure that you receive proper and adequate training, especially,
immediately prior to going on a work assignment.
During the in-house safety tests, the employer will be observing and assessing your
knowledge of safe operating practices, your start up safety checks for any defects
on the equipment and how you manoeuvre the equipment between aisles.
Topnotch Employment has established a working relationship with the Davis Forklift
Training, North York, Ontario; Canadian Forklift Training Centre, Mississauga and
the Industrial Lift Safety Training Center, Mississauga. We have provided their
information below, including a link to their websites and recommend that you contact
any of the training schools as you consider convenient.
Davis Training Inc
410 Ormont Drive,
North York, ON, M9L 1N9
Canadian Forklift Training Centre
7270 Torbram Rd., Unit 2 & 3
Mississauga, ON, L4T 3Y7
Industrial Lift Safety Forklift Training & Certification Centre
1515 Britannia Rd. E Unit # 12
Mississauga, ON, L4W 4K1